Guest Post: Greening Up a Former Dairy Meadow in the Heart of Truckee

Guest Post: Greening Up a Former Dairy Meadow in the Heart of Truckee

Conservation, Efforts, One River
by Matt Freitas, Program Manager; Deidre Monroe, Intern; and Allison Holmes, Conservation Assistant with the Truckee River Watershed Council (Read original post here) Right in the heart of Truckee across from the Villager Nursery sits a little meadow with a not so little problem – McIver Dairy Meadow. McIver Dairy Meadow used to be a vibrant functioning wetland, but over time due to development, grazing, and recreation, the meadow has become degraded. Without a properly functioning wetland or floodplain to slow, infiltrate, and filter runoff, water from this site is flowing untreated directly into the Truckee River. When the Truckee River Watershed Council’s water quality monitoring estimated 2 tons of sediment were being contributed from this site annually to the Truckee River, it was clear something had to be done.…
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The Importance of Pyramid Lake Water Quality

The Importance of Pyramid Lake Water Quality

Conservation, Efforts, One River
There are a lot of reasons our watershed is unique. It’s a high elevation terminal watershed, what could be more special? Well, another contributing factor is that the terminus of the Truckee River watershed exists on the largest Native American Reservation in Nevada. That’s right! The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation (PLIR) consists of 742 square miles of land and Pyramid Lake is smack dab in the middle of it. Image courtesy City of Reno Both the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake hold vast historical and cultural importance to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, so it isn’t surprising to learn they are already heavily invested in water quality monitoring and restoration projects. Their water quality monitoring program began in 1981 on Pyramid Lake and in 1998 on the lower Truckee River…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping, Water Quality
Did you know that approximately half of what Truckee Meadows residents send to the landfill in the summer months is organic material? That’s about 2,500 tons (or 350 elephants) of yard waste and kitchen scraps going to our local landfill every day!  Instead of trashing these materials, which creates transportation emissions (contributing to air pollution and climate change) and takes up landfill space (decreasing land conservation), we can reduce unnecessary waste, improve soils, save money, and keep the Truckee River clean - all at the same time! In this, the sixth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll show you how. So what’s the magic solution to this trashy problem? Composting! And what’s composting? Composting takes organic material and decomposes it into an organic fertilizer and soil amendment. It’s pretty much…
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Become a One Truckee River AmeriCorps Member!

Become a One Truckee River AmeriCorps Member!

Staff
We want YOU to work with us! That's right, hiring season for our next AmeriCorps members is underway. We've had the best folks with us in the past, but it's now time for a new generation! To answer your inevitable question about what the heck is an AmeriCorps, check out the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdRkzLKlPM Our past AmeriCorps have done wonders for OTR, including planning One Truckee River Month, mapping amenities along the Truckee River, creating watershed education plans, and much more! Check out this blog post for past accomplishments. Position Description: The One Truckee River Education and Outreach Coordinator, an AmeriCorps member, will be an essential member of the OTR team. The member will organize and attend outreach events in the community that highlight the mission of One Truckee River.…
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Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Recreation, Truckee River Watershed, Wildlife
July is over halfway over, meaning there's less than one month before school starts again and the memories of late nights and lake days will be simply that -- memories. We did the hard work of finding ways to finish the summer off perfectly. These opportunities will inspire more time in nature, and hopefully a more intimate love of the Truckee River and its benefits. Start checking off your bucket list today! 1. Build a Trail We hike enough of the trails in our area, but have you ever thought about building one? Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. There are plenty of local groups that could use a pair of eager hands when it comes to combing through natural landscapes. Give it a go at the July…
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ArTrail Stories in the Moonlight

ArTrail Stories in the Moonlight

One River, River Tour, Stories
In Reno, the month of July revolves around the artistic and cultural festival known as Artown. The whole city comes together during Artown to celebrate regional and national excellence in the arts, and this year will be no different.  via GIPHY However, one exciting new addition is Washoe County. They’re getting in on the action this year with a public preview of their new ArTrail! ArTrail is an interactive experience created by the County in partnership with the Burning Man Project and other community partners (like us!). The trail guides participants to cultural, historical, and artistic landmarks throughout our region. There are stops all the way from Crystal Peak Park in Verdi up to Gerlach, with brand new art being installed at those two locations. To preview the first new…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping, Truckee River Watershed, Water Quality, Wildlife
The summer weather is heating up, and we’ve already had several Red Flag Warnings and small brush fires. It’s officially wildfire season in Northern Nevada! Chuck Grimmett/  Flickr Want to breathe easy knowing you and your yard are prepared? In this, the fifth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll cover how Firescaping your yard can play an important role in promoting a healthy watershed while protecting your home from fire. But before we dive into the details of Firescaping , let’s discuss the effects fire can have on our watershed. While we’re all acutely aware of the social and economic impacts when people lose homes and are displaced by wildfire, there are also long-term environmental impacts that affect watersheds that don’t get as much media attention.  Water Quality Ecologist Chris…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 4: Creating Wildlife Habitat

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 4: Creating Wildlife Habitat

River-Friendly Landscaping, Wildlife
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Although this may be what comes to mind when thinking of creating wildlife habitat, for obvious reasons we don’t want to attract big wildlife like black bears and mountain lions into our yards. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make room for some smaller wildlife, like beneficial insects. There’s plenty of room in your yard to share with these little guys. And, did you know that it’s National Pollinator Week? So for this, the fourth in our River-Friendly Landscaping Series, we’re talking pollinators! Why are pollinators important? Well, firstly because pollinators help feed us! Many of the foods you eat every day are made possible because of the hard work of pollinators  - avocados, blueberries, tomatoes, chocolate, and bananas, just to name…
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Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

River History, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed
Dare we say it, Keep Tahoe Blue might be the most successful sticker branding ever. Not only do you see the sticker all across the state/country/world/universe, but there have been so many spin-offs we can't keep track -- Keep Truckee Green, Keep Squaw True, Keep Tahoe Smart, etc. Lake Tahoe is famous world-wide, known for its clarity and ~iconic~ views. Folks living in the surrounding areas are extremely lucky to have regular access to this beauty. When something is right in our backyards, we often forget or ignore its history. So we decided to scrounge some up for you. We did it for Pyramid Lake, and now we're tuning in to Tahoe. Tahoe, a History: Did you know that Lake Tahoe was partially formed thanks to a volcano?! Yup, Mount…
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A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

Conservation, Efforts, Recreation, Water Quality
It seems as though winter is finally behind us and we are ready for a summer of fun along the Truckee River! For many people, this will mean swimming and floating on the Truckee to cool down on those hot summer days. However, as much fun as it is to make the most of our incredible river, it is essential to consider your safety and the river’s health before you go. We’ve pulled together a few basic guidelines so you can make the most of your float. 1. Consider a Life Vest Right now, the Truckee is moving a bit too fast -- we’re talking between 2,000 and 3,000 cubic feet per second -- to casually float with or without a life vest, or at least without an experienced guide.…
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